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General Announcements October 17 - October 21

Cal State Northridge Journalism Department's Monday Memo
Newsletter for Journalism Majors
Internships, jobs, accomplishments and general announcements
Fall 2011 * Issue No. 8
To submit information to the Monday Memo, please contact Christina Pembleton, editor, at ext. 3135, email submissions to, or stop by MZ 210. The deadline for submission is Noon, Wednesday.

Two Weeks Left for Advisement – All Journalism students who plan to attend CSUN during the spring 2012 semester must see their advisers for academic counseling during the advisement period.  Students will not be cleared for registration until the department has the counseling form on file. Sophomores and third semester freshman are required to make an appointment with the academic advisor, Virginia Avila, for a full advisement session by calling (818) 677-2024. Second semester freshman are required to make an appointment with an adviser in the Student Resource Center/EOP, (818) 677-2024. Juniors, seniors, and second BA students are required to meet with a faculty adviser. The journalism office does not make appointments. Please plan to see your adviser during his or her office hours. Graduate students are required to meet with Dr. Melissa Wall during her walk-in office hours. Students should pick up their forms and their files in the Department office, MZ 210, before seeing their adviser.  When advisement is completed, both the form and the file should be returned to the Department office. Advisers’ office hours are available on a sheet outside the Journalism Department office. No advisement will be available for continuing students after October 28! If you are a continuing journalism major and do not see an adviser during the regular advisement period, you may not be able to register until after classes start in the spring.

Freedom Riders Screening – Join Reverend James Lawson Jr. in a screening of the award-winning film Freedom Riders on Monday, October 17. The screening of the official 2010 Sundance Film Festival selection will be played starting at 4 p.m. in the USU theatre. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with speakers who took part in the Freedom Ride in 1961. Panel speakers include Rev. Lawson, Mr. Robert Farrell, and Dr. Robert Singleton along with Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Ex. Dir. of Community Coalition in S.L.A. There is no admission charge for the screening. For more information, please visit
Selected Topic Courses for Spring 2011 - The Journalism Department announces four selected topic courses for Spring 2011 J495SLT - Spanish-Language Television; J495LF – Long Form; J495NM – New Media and J495SJM – Social Justice Media.  To enroll in journalism 495LF, 495NM or 495SJM students must have completed J.310 or J.315 with a "C" or better.  Permission numbers must be obtained from the office, except for 495SLT which students must contact Prof. Retis.

Fall 2011 Journalism Scholarships - The Department of Journalism announces the availability of eight scholarships.  The awards will be announced in December.  The scholarship criteria are listed below. All applicants must be CSUN Journalism or Mass Communication majors.  Application forms are available online at or in the Journalism Office, MZ 210.
Two The National Notary Association Scholarship in the amount of $500 will be awarded to junior journalism majors who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.  Applicants must have at least a 3.2 GPA and have spent a semester working in journalism or a related field.  Applicants must be enrolled in spring 2012.
The Tom Reilly Student Journalism Enterprise Fund provides one or more journalism juniors, seniors or graduate students, up to $2,000 each for a student project or enterprise.
The Ben Hecht Scholarship in ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALISM in the amount of $750 will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student.  Applicants write autobiographical statements underscoring a demonstrated interest in entertainment journalism.
The Angus Campbell Scholarship in HARD NEWS JOURNALISM in the amount of $500 will be awarded to a junior or senior in journalism, who demonstrates academic promise and plans to pursue a career in hard news journalism. 
Two Lisa Endig Journalism WRITING Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a journalism undergraduate or graduate student who shows outstanding ability in writing for broadcast or print media.  Serious consideration will be given to students who are overcoming difficulties while continuing their education.
The San Fernando Valley PUBLIC RELATIONS Roundtable Scholarship in the amount of $250 will be awarded to a junior or senior who demonstrates public relation skills.  Applicants must submit a proposal for raising funds to maintain or increase the capital in the Journalism Department’s Scholarship Fund.
The Valley Press Club Scholarship for COMMUNITY JOURNALISM in the amount of $250 will be awarded to a graduate or undergraduate. Candidates write an essay describing their ideas for improving print or broadcast community journalism.
The Flip Wilson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $24,916 for tuition, room, board, books and fees for the school year.  Applicants must be at least a junior, have at least a 3.0 GPA and submit a 2,500-3,000 word critical essay about Flip Wilson’s contributions to comedy or television.  Applicants must be enrolled in spring 2012 and fall 2012.
The application deadline is 4 p.m., Thursday, November 17, 2011, in Manzanita Hall 210.  All scholarship recipients must be enrolled during the spring 2012 semester.  APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED VIA FAX OR E-MAIL. Please Note: Students receiving financial aid should be aware that scholarship money they are awarded might be used by the university to repay an outstanding balance on their loan.

Hazing Scholarship - Milk & Honey Publishing, and Big Walt Anderson are proud to announce up to seven $700 cash awards for the 2011-2012 school year. All students that are enrolled in any accredited college or university that has a Greek Social Setting may apply. Applicants must be in good standing at your school with a minimum 2.0 GPA or C Average. Up to the first 10 applicants of each deadline month will receive one free collectible "Big Walt Anderson" autographed book of their choice from, which includes The Secret Sisterhood and Pledge Brothers, delivered personally by Walter "Big Walt" Anderson or shipped via USPS (post office) mail. Apply online at Deadlines: Nov. 6th, 2011, Dec. 6th, 2011, Jan. 6th, 2012, Feb. 6th, 2012, March 6th, 2012, April 6th, 2012, May 6th, 2012, June 6th, 2012 and July 6th, 2012. The application will be valid for the upcoming deadline date only. Applicants may apply once per long semester only. Awards are granted around the 30th of each month. Check for monthly award winners.

RTNA Scholarship - The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA) has announced that it is offering at least two scholarships (minimum $1,000 each) to college students who are working toward a career in broadcast journalism. Students are eligible if their career objective is broadcast journalism and they are from Southern California. The deadline is November 9, 2011. Students may apply on-line at Supporting documents to the application must be received by mail no later than November 30, 2011. Finalists may be selected and interviewed by a panel of local journalists and media executives. The scholarship winners will be presented their checks and plaques at the Golden Mike Awards Banquet on January 21, 2012. Contact Ernie Castelo with any questions at (949) 278-8349 or

Advancement to Graduate Education Conference – The Office of Graduate Studies presents its annual Advancement to Graduate Education Conference, which will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the USU-Northridge Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured workshops include applying to graduate school, graduate test preparation, writing your personal statement, financing your graduate education, and how to succeed in graduate school. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis at the AS Ticket Office beginning Monday, October 24, 2011. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (818) 677-2138 or visit